The University of Sussex

An empirical exploration of computations with a cellular-automata-based artificial life world

Pedro Paulo Balbi de Oliveira

Aligned with the recent tendency towards the conception of computational systems gleaned from evolutionary biology, a cellular-automata-based artificial life world is presented. The aim of the thesis is the definition of the architecture of the system, named Enact, its implementation, and its exploration as a computing machinery. More precisely, the following connected issues provide the motivation for the research: how can an artificial-life world at an organismic level be defined in cellular automata, such that it can be viewed as a computational machine, when view from an external standpoint; and what kinds of models of computation are suggested by it.

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